What am I talking about? Well, the fact that while the WH deserves credit for finally bagging bin Laden, despite the fact they politicized the whole thing and treated it more like a vote getting stunt, that president Obama bagged Osama (say that fast 5 times) policies candidate Obama vehemently opposed. First the credits, and they are deserved, despite the fact that up till now the foreign policy of this WH has been anything but a circus.
Let’s cheerfully and ungrudgingly give credit to Barack Obama for approving the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. In my Washington Examiner column last Sunday I criticized Obama’s foreign policy, which was characterized by one of his advisers in an interview with the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza as “lead from behind.” That criticism still stands. But in tracking down and nailing bin Laden, Obama led from behind the right way — behind the scenes he made a right but risky decision, without any leaks to the press, to achieve an objective sought by two presidents and thousands in the American government and military since Sept. 11, 2001.
The decision was risky because the operation could have failed, like Jimmy Carter’s Desert One operation to rescue American hostages in Iran failed in April 1980. But this time, even though one helicopter was lost, the operation succeeded. There was evidently a lot of redundancy in the plan and a lot of flexibility on the ground. A lot of good people did a lot of good things right.
Lucky for us all Obama dodged this bullet and for once didn’t live up to his well deserved “worse than Jimmy Carter” mantra. The fact is this was a huge risk, and while the WH did everything in its power to insure the correct outcome, it still could have gone horribly wrong for us. Obama deserves credit for pulling the trigger on this operation, even if he did so to score cheap political points and shore up his administration’s reputation for a disastrous foreign policy, before the election of 2012. My guess is that this will not work out as they hoped however, but that’s not the point of this post. Lets get to that by focusing on this point:
While we may not know all the details about and behind this operation, it’s fascinating to see how many of the things that made the success of this operation possible were not so long ago decried by many of the president’s fans and fellow partisans. For one thing, it apparently would not have happened without those infamous enhanced interrogation techniques — “torture,” according to critics of the Bush administration. The enhanced interrogation techniques reportedly led to identification of the courier who eventually led our forces to bin Laden’s hiding place. Critics of waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques assured us that “torture” could not produce reliable information. They were probably right that sometimes such techniques yield false information. But the bin Laden operation shows that they can also produce actionable intelligence.
And there you have it. Candidate Obama, and the super majority of the BDS infected Boosh=Hitler crowd told us this practice was a useless and barbaric, and that it couldn’t work. They may revise that or even deny it, but that’s what they told us. I wonder how many are going to now re-examine that failure on their part. Or even acknowledge that they gleaned valuable intel from something they decried. My guess is they will try to ignore it or play the lawyer’s game. The quick answer to that? Well why do you think the WH ordered Osama killed?
You think it’s maybe because they were worried they would have to deal with their own opposition to the use of any intelligence information obtained during anything that could be labeled as enhance interrogation? That dragging Osama in front of a military tribunal would be an even bigger repudiation of the drama and the angst they displayed when they could use this as a cudgel to bludgeon the much hated Bush administration? There are consequences to the scorched earth policies the left used during the Bush years, and in this day and age where the DNC friendly MSM no longer controls the flow of news, they decided to avoid having to deal with that problem. That’s telling.
Obama deserves credit also for employing the Navy SEALs who are part of the Joint Special Operations Command. It was fashionable a few years ago to call the JSOC Cheney’s death squad and Cheney’s assassination team. The assumption behind such criticism was that Bush administration officials were using what they termed the war against terrorism as a smokescreen for persecuting domestic dissidents.
But there is not a scrap of evidence that either the Bush administration or the Obama administration were doing anything of the kind. They were too busy trying to protect us. There was criticism as well of the idea of targeting particular individuals for assassination. But in ordering the raid on bin Laden’s compound Obama authorized the killing of bin Laden. And no Miranda warnings first. Bin Laden’s death removes the possibility of any debate about where he would be confined or tried.
Emphasis mine. Targeted assassinations as Barone points out, were called Cheney’s deaths quads then. Now, all but a few insane people, think it is a great idea. We got bin Laden that way! Heh, ain’t it funny how things change when the guy in the WH has a (D) by his name? The point is that president Obama has not just kept this policy the left and candidate Obama despised during the Bush years, he then drastically expanded their use. We even bagged the most wanted guy with such a “death squad”. Does Cheney get credit for that? Yeah, I know, not funny. Whatever. Next.
On this Obama has already been forced to keep the Guantanamo detention center open and Holder has had to concede that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will not be tried in a civilian court in Manhattan.
I wonder how many of the Gitmo haters will now admit they were wrong. President Obama sure has done that. Seriously, candidate Obama told everyone he would close that evil place down, and do so yesterday. These days president Obama is claiming the kill shot on bin Laden, because of information obtained from the bastards locked up in Gitmo, and Gitmo is still open for business.
For years we heard supposedly enlightened people excoriate our leaders for torture, lawlessness, unilateralism — the list goes on and on. Now the president they have wanted has used the tactics and methods they excoriated to get bin Laden. Good for him.
Yup yup! I guess things change when you actually are the one in charge, huh? Tells you how seriously you should take anything the left tells you they don’t approve off when someone else is in charge. It’s almost a given that the reason they don’t like it is because of whose in charge, and not for whatever the reason they hide behind is. Heh!